So after spending a few days in Calhoun and embracing what it has to offer (i.e. having a yard sale, eating at a meat and three, quality time with the family, and shopping at the Old Navy Outlet), I'm off to Switzerland today. Several of my friends have asked for my intinerary and one of my blogger buddies, I think, plans to track it on her map:) So here it goes:
May 15: Fly from Atlanta to Newark to Geneva, Switzerland. The extra stop stinks, but hey, at least the flight was free courtesy of Skymiles. Arrive in Geneva at 7:45 a.m. (Switzerland time) and head off to find my hostel and leave my stuff while I wonder around bright-eyed and bushy tailed (or not), looking for those yummy smiley-face cookies I remember from my time in Interlaken ten years ago.
May 17 or 18th: I'll probably head to Lucerne or perhaps a small town unless I'm enjoying Geneva too much to leave. Since Geneva is so expensive, I'm experimenting with a bunk bed hostel room on my first night there. Nothing like sleeping with strangers, right?
May 19: Meet Sam in Zurich, Switzerland. I've not seen him in over a year now, so it'll be fun to catch up. Lets hope my plan of ear plugs works in the quest to combat the disruptiveness of his snoring.
May 21: We fly to Malta. And we're staying at the Intercontinental, which will be a nice upgrade from hostel bunk beds.
May 25: We fly to Athens and then catch a flight to Rhodes, which is one of the Greek Islands.
May 27: We take an early flight to Athens.
May 28: Sam leaves, and I hop onto a "Highspeed 4" to check out Mykonos, another Greek Island. I recently discovered Mykonos is known for being a gay mecca of sorts and for having tons of nude photos. Bet you guys can't wait for that post:)
May 29: "Flying Cat 4" to Santorini. Still need to find a place to stay there. My to-do list is just too long. In this case, I suppose that's an excellent problem to have though.
June 1: "Highspeed 5" back to Athens.
June 2: Fly from Athens to Madrid; take a train to Seville (or maybe Cordoba).
June 2-June 18: I'll be in Southern Spain and possibly Portugal and/or Morocco during this time. There are certain must-sees on my list, and they include Cadiz, Seville, and Valencia. If I love them, I might stay for a bit. If not, I'll check out other places like Alicante, Gilbaltar, or Morocco. I tend to like to stay places a few nights rather than hopping around a lot, but I've also never traveled alone like this. Should be interesting. I'm proud to say that my things for 33 days easily fit into a carry-on suiter. After some internal debate, I decided that route was better than a big backpack.
June 18: I'll fly from Madrid to Atlanta (via Newark again). 33 days should be just enough time for me to have a renewed appreciation of ice, air-conditioning, and the like.
If you have any recommendations on things to check out in any of these places, please share. I plan on blogging at least a little and hope to be able to upload some photos too. My mother bought me an early birthday gift today, so I can't wait to use the new (very slim) camera. Hope everyone's week is off to an excellent start!